By far the best rendition of Stackerlee (Stagolee)

Bama, work song leader, recorded by Alan Lomax at Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary, in 1947.


Stackerlee, sung by Bama, prisoner at the Parchman Farm work camp, Mississippi, recorded by the great Alan Lomax in 1947

give me water when i’m thirsty

honey give me whiskey when i’m dry

give me alberta when i need her

and heaven when i die